Bookmarked The Alien Invasion of Antarctica Is Only Just Beginning by Jackson Ryan (CNET)

Stopping an invasion before it begins seems to be the best form of mitigation, but is it impossible? Everywhere humans have stepped foot, we’ve carried aliens with us. The Antarctic is a special place with formidable barriers, but it isn’t immune.

“We’ve been lucky so far,” says Bergstrom, the ecologist from the Australian Antarctic Division. “But it won’t stay that way.”

Liked Antarctica Is Running Out of Wilderness (

All over the world, human presence has transformed nature permanently; why should Antarctica be different? The hostile conditions on the continent might have limited our presence there, but the inroads made, even during the white expanse of Antarctic winter, have undoubtedly changed this place. As the continent has become more accessible, countries, even those that have pledged environmental protections, are taking advantage of its plentiful resources.

Bookmarked The Countries Taking Advantage of Antarctica During the Pandemic (The Atlantic)

While the West has scaled back operations in the Antarctic, Russia and China have pushed ahead.

Leah Feiger and Mara Wilson discuss the impact of coronavirus and the economic downturn on the future of Antarctica.
Listened What future Antarctica? from Radio National

Itโ€™s a golden time for Antarctic research, with more and more countries taking a direct interest in the great southern continent. But suspicions abound as to the real motivations of key Antarctic players.

Antony Funnell leads an investigation of the future of Antarctica, including the positioning of different countries in relation to 2048 when the current treaty to protect the continent expires. The feature investigates the geopolitics associated with military, research and resources. This also includes the place of the surrounding nations as launching points for this activity.

I remember teaching about the resources associated with Antarctica in Geography, but what I feel was missed in hindsight was why it matters, especially as the world progressively warms up. Discussing the Arctic, Dahr Jamail explains how the degredation of such spaces impact us all. This is also something James Bridle discusses in his book the New Dark Age.

Liked The bones that could shape Antarcticaโ€™s fate by Martha Henriques (

Archaeological discoveries can also boost political support for a case back home. “When remains or objects are found in the ice, I could see straight away it would inflate territorial nationalism,” says Dodds. “Archaeology has always been really important for national politics.”

Other events, such as historic shipwrecks, could play a similar role as the Yamana skull. In 1819, the Spanish frigate San Telmo was wrecked in the Drake Passage, which separates the tip of Chile from the Antarctic Peninsula. Archaeologists have searched the Antarctic islands for signs of whether any crew made it alive to the shore.

Liked An Ultra-High Resolution Map of Antarctica (

Using years of satellite data and photography, researchers have constructed an extremely detailed terrain map called the Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica that maps 98% of the continent down to a resolution of 8 meters. That makes it the most detailed terrain map of any continent.

Bookmarked The icy village where you must remove your appendix by Richard Fisher (

Thereโ€™s a settlement in Antarctica with a school, a post office and a huddle of homes. Itโ€™s like other sub-zero villages, except for one thing: families must have surgery to move in.

I wonder what ‘school’ looks like in this environment?